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Saturday, May 26, 2012

"Buddy" - Terry - #14

This is my first attempt at a dog or animal of any kind.  We had a beloved golden retriever who I might try to do now.  This is from a ceramic statue in a neighbor's yard.  It's so hard to capture their special loving spirit.  I'd welcome any comments or suggestions.  Thanks.


Lorrie Klosterman said...

This is a good likeness, especially given that it was a statue. I can see the fur textures and different shading that makes it look 3D. My main suggestion is to forge ahead into your own retriever's likeness with joy and the process will also be a remembrance of that friend. Be patient if you find it doesn't look the way you want at first... I have been my own worst critic when painting animals that I know well, because even the slightest "error" in how it turns out frustrates me because I know their appearance so well and compare it to my artwork, and find my rendition faulty. I try to remember that even depicting one thing well, like the basic body proportions or the fur texture or the facial features--or a sense of their personality somehow--is a success and something to build on.

Terry said...

Thanks for your ideas Lorrie. I will try painting our beloved Cassie, but fear my tears will drip on page. She was the last and best of all of our golden retrievers. We all miss her deeply. Thanks for your interest and comments.

Elva Paulson said...

This little painting turned out very well. Good luck painting your Cassie.